Common Kings

Common Kings


Sat Feb 25 2017

7:00 pm

$10.00 - $24.00

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This event is all ages

Common Kings
Common Kings
Common Kings produce phenomenal pop hits with rock, reggae, R&B and classic soul influences. Lead singer JR King (Hawaii/Samoa), guitarist Taumata Grey (Samoa), bassist Ivan Kirimaua (Fiji/Kiribati), drummer Jerome Taito (Tonga) and keyboardist Erik Pryztulski (Korea/Poland) grew up in dynamic households filled with vibrant passion for music. The Kings individual musical journeys were inspired by artists like Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jim Croce, Michael Jackson, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Gypsy Kings, Earth Wind & Fire and many traditional artists from the islands. The band's resulting original sound is a collection of these varied musical and cultural inspirations orchestrated into an array of head-rocking beats, feel-good rhythms, and emotional fervor. Their fun-loving attitude and "good vibes" high energy projects loud and clear during Common Kings' live performance experience. With lead-singer Sasualei "JR King" Maliga in the forefront, Common Kings possesses one of the most naturally gifted and powerfully impressive singers in the game today. Graced with a distinctive, raw, organic talent, JR's vocal ability appears boundless as he amazes listeners with his welcoming tone, wide range of rich notes, infectious melodies, and soulful passion. In the studio daily recording their first Common Kings EP, writing like mad with incredible producers and shooting hot new videos, their "formative years" as princes have come to a close and the Common Kings are stepping into their royal rule. You want to follow these leaders.
Traditionally, "mayday" is an attention grabbing distress signal, so, it's no wonder that the Miami-based hip-hop group ¡MAYDAY! is generating a sound way too strong for anyone to tune out.

Starting out as a 2-man project ¡MAYDAY! has since evolved into a full-fledged 6-man band with a buzz so loud that it came to the attention of hip-hop mogul Lil' Wayne who had to stop and take notice. He invited the band, which consists of MCs Bernz and Wrekonize, producer/guitarist Plex Luthor, bassist/keyboardist Gianni Ca$h, drummer L.T. Hopkins and percussionist NonMS, to be his on-screen band in 3 of his videos ("Get A Life," "Da Da Da," and "On Fire"), had them perform at his 2010 Super Bowl party, and then gave them the ultimate high-five by wearing a ¡MAYDAY! t-shirt in his "Get A Life" video and proclaiming himself the next member of the band. It doesn't stop with Lil Wayne – as the #1 indie rapper alive, Tech N9ne quickly signed the band to his Strange Music label. So far, the relationship has proved fruitful. The band completed two US Strange Music tours, including the record breaking 90 shows in 99 days Hostile Takeover tour with Tech and Machine Gun Kelly; produced the entire Tech N9ne Klusterfuk EP which hit #1 on the indie Billboard charts; released their Billboard top 100 charting Strange debut album, Take Me To Your Leader, and most recently, released their new EP, Thirft Store Halos, which quickly hit #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts on the first day of release. Numerous platinum and buzz-worthy artists and producers such as Cee-Lo, David Banner, Black Thought (The Roots), SpaceGhostPurrp, NORE, Jim Jonsin (TI, Lil' Wayne, Kid Cudi), Ace Hood and more have stepped up to work with the ¡MAYDAY! crew.

¡MAYDAY!'s distinctive fusion of urban and alt.rock is pushing the boundaries of music as they flex their muscles in areas of funk that hip-hop has yet to explore. Their attention to detail (they write, arrange, mix and produce all the music themselves) and explosive live show is impossible to ignore. Miami Magazine said of their performance: "¡MAYDAY!'s musical mash-up fuels both its frenzied live shows and a new album that oozes Miami cool." ¡MAYDAY!'s signature style has already caught the ear of media outlets like MTV, XXL, RapRadar, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz and more, and as DJ Khaled proclaimed: "¡MAYDAY! is headed to the top floor."

After premiering the video for their Cee-Lo assisted single "Groundhog Day" on Youtube, the clip achieved a record-breaking 2 million plus views in less than two days and garnered attention from The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, NBC 6 Evening News and Inside Edition. Later that year "Groundhog Day" was featured on HBO's Entourage. Other songs including "Watching Me" from ¡MAYDAY!'s debut album, have been used in video games (NBA Street Homecourt 2007) and television, including Stuck on an Island's "On 2 Somth'n" which was featured in ABC Family's popular show Lincoln Heights.

¡MAYDAY! has long been a force in the Miami underground scene. Live ¡MAYDAY! puts on an impressive show with a exhilarating party vibe. The Miami Herald said ¡MAYDAY! "…captures the electric excitement of a city on the verge of a breakthrough" and the Miami New Times called them "…one of Miami's hardest-hitting bands." After the release of their self-titled debut album, URB Magazine placed ¡MAYDAY! In their next 20 Artists to Watch and MTV chose them as one of the Freshmen Five giving them opportunities to travel the US performing to packed houses with a spectrum of artists ranging from Daft Punk to Big Boi to Method Man and Goodie Mob.

¡MAYDAY! is a band that fits right in, but their sound is different. It's live, hard-hitting, future brand of music posted up somewhere between rock and a hard place, strangely familiar, yet brand new.
Makua Rothman proves he's equally effortless in making music as he is slashing a 66-foot wave with this appealing mix of reggae, rock and pop. Now 29 years old and a longtime regular on the international surf contest circuit, Makua has created an enamored keystone to his musical career. The Mountain Apple Company is proud to present his debut album SOUND WAVE, recorded and produced in Los Angeles with the invaluable help of legendary artist, composer, producer [and of course, surfer] John "Feldy" Feldmann.

Even if Makua didn't pick up an ukulele as a child, his reputation as a world-class surfer would be assured. He continues the family line that began with his father Eddie Rothman of Hui O He'e Nalu, the prideful Hawaiian club of native riders that made its reputation in the late 1960s-early '70s.

During the making of SOUND WAVE, Makua concentrated on songwriting over a two-week period, keeping to a daily routine of an early wake-up call, morning fitness training, and then spending the rest of the day with "Feldy" at his house.

"I met a lot of cool songwriters and musicians," Makua said. "It was one of the best times I had. I completely checked out from surfing. In order to make something special, I knew I had to sit down and work. Feldy and I did that from between 11 in the morning to 11 at night."

Makua's SOUND WAVE is a marked departure for Mountain Apple (already known for its stellar catalog of contemporary Hawaiian music), but Jon de Mello's company is looking forward to this new foray in contemporary -- and homegrown -- music. There is one concession to Makua's native Hawaiian roots: the standard "'Ulili E" is given a spacious sound with reverberations of Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's version that even includes a vocal sample from Braddah IZ himself. The connection between the two artists was real: Makua remembers visiting IZ whenever he was in town surfing. Makua would stop by IZ's condo afterwards and hang out, playing 'ukulele and shooting the breeze with IZ while he was in the exercise pool.

Besides Braddah IZ, Makua's Hawaiian musical influences were obvious ones, familiar to local audiences. "I would listen to all kine -- the Cazimeros, Brother Noland and Bruddah Waltah."

You can hear that deep-rooted Hawaiian style throughout Makua's album. The first two breakout tracks, "Lovely" and "Fight the Sun," represent different facets of his love of the islands. The former is a sunny reggae tune that professes his love of the local girls, while the latter is an anthem that fiercely defends the beach lifestyle vital to his sport and life.

Makua also proves himself to be quite the vivid storyteller, as "Underneath the Halo" and "The Night" proves, filled with imagery of the hang-loose good times that he celebrates. And, of course, there's a generous helping of Makua's 'ukulele playing throughout the album, the small instrument that set him on this musical journey in the first place. SOUND WAVE is sure to be an album to appeal to both island listeners and those elsewhere who live and dream of a life near the beckoning surf.

"Hawaii is so special and I want to try to represent the islands as best as I can," he said. "I want to keep that vibe of aloha and take it with me around the world."
Venue Information:
Marquis Theater
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, CO, 80205